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Selective verses from Bible not the whole story

REFERRING to selective quotations from the Bible, your correspondent KP (Write Back, November 11) points a previous correspondent, Brian McClinton (Write Back, November 5), to biblical verses suggesting he might wish to read them. As I read KP's letter, "kettle" and "black" sprang to mind.

As KP refers to Sodom and Gomorrah and fire and brimstone, I presume he has read Genesis Chapter 19 in its entirety, which is the complete story of Lot and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Lot, his wife and his two unmarried daughters left the city. Lot's wife looked back and was turned into salt. He and his two daughters eventually lived in a cave. Lot's older daughter told the younger daughter, "Our father is old and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us ..." (Verse 31). "Come let us make our father drink wine and we will lie with him that we may preserve seed of our father." (Verse 32).

On two successive nights, they got Lot drunk on wine and he "lay" with them. As a result of that single encounter with each of them, they were successfully impregnated. In this Biblical account, subsequent to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, there is deceit, coercion, seduction, alcohol abuse and incest.

All this nefarious activity takes place without the slightest evidence of disapproval by God.

I am neither gay nor Christian but, from a personal perspective, I find the post-Sodom behaviour of Lot and his daughters much more abominable than that of any two consenting males/females campaigning respectfully for the right to a civil marriage.


Claudy, Co Londonderry

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